https://spectator.sme.sk/r/25/politics-and-society/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator1970-01-01T01:00:00ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20744280/the-education-ministry-restores-the-analytical-institute.htmlThe Education Ministry to restore the analytical institute2018-01-23T13:28:33ZThe institute that is part of the Value for Money initiative was merged with another body at the beginning of the year.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20743921/scientists-sent-open-letter-to-pm-and-minister-of-education-these-are-their-demands.htmlScientists sent open letter to PM and Minister of Education. These are their demands2018-01-22T22:50:00ZMore than 500 people have signed the open letter asking for higher quality science in Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20743876/shooting-in-bratislava-claims-two-lives-a-child-survived.htmlShooting in Bratislava claims two lives; a child survived2018-01-22T21:39:58ZPolice are investigating the case.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20743889/newly-launched-progressive-slovakia-aims-for-20-percent-of-the-vote-in-the-next-election.htmlNewly launched Progressive Slovakia aims for 20 percent of the vote in the next election2018-01-22T21:29:11ZIvan Štefunko, one of founders of the recently registered political movement, is elected leader.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20743500/kiska-law-on-state-awards.htmlKiska: Only president can bestow awards2018-01-22T13:37:05ZPresident Andrej Kiska turned to Constitutional Court over the law on state awards recently passed by the government.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20743421/at-the-special-prosecutors-office-cases-of-racist-attacks-dominate.htmlAt the Special Prosecutor’s Office, cases of racist attacks dominate2018-01-22T13:14:18ZThe most frequent crimes in extremism involved promoting groups that aim to suppress fundamental rights and freedoms.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20743375/flu-is-on-the-rise-especially-in-bratislava-region.htmlFlu is on the rise2018-01-22T13:07:30ZIn the third week of January, 6,184 patients were reported to have the flu or similar diseases.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20742066/a-slovak-prisoner-tattooed-in-auschwitz-remained-silent-until-he-grew-very-old.htmlA Slovak prisoner tattooed in Auschwitz, remained silent until he grew very old2018-01-22T12:55:48ZLale Sokolov fell in love in the concentration camp; only those close to him knew his story.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741827/global-warming-is-a-myth-claims-a-hoax.htmlGlobal warming is a myth, claims a hoax2018-01-22T08:50:15ZAccording to recent hoaxes published online, snow in the Sahara disproves global warming and milk can block airways.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741487/top-3-news-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 news from Last Week in Slovakia2018-01-19T09:53:29ZThe lack of workers on the Slovak labour market might result in companies leaving the country.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741352/reporteri-tv-show-should-reappear-in-the-autumn-schedule.htmlReportéri TV show should reappear in the autumn schedule2018-01-19T06:41:53ZThe only remaining investigative TV show, scrapped recently by the head of the public-service TV broadcaster, is to reappear in the autumn after wide media coverage and hefty criticism of its removal.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741109/police-have-confirmed-the-identity-of-a-dead-woman-from-devinske-jazero.htmlPolice confirm the identity of a dead woman from Devínske Jazero2018-01-19T06:24:51ZMiroslava Sojáková went missing last week while dog walking close to Bratislava during a river flood, has been pronounced dead.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741003/man-who-abducted-the-presidents-son-points-at-lexa.htmlMan who abducted the president’s son speaks out2018-01-18T15:02:16ZThe testimony of the former secret service agent could be of importance in a court process against the ex-spy boss.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740841/economic-competition-was-not-distorted-during-eu-councils-presidency.htmlEconomic competition was not distorted during EU Council’s presidency2018-01-18T13:48:59ZDespite suggestions of media reports, rules of economic competition were not distorted in Foreign Ministry’s orders during Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council, the Anti-trust Office finds.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740418/education-ministry-wants-to-double-quotas-for-8-year-secondary-grammar-schools.htmlEducation Ministry wants to double quotas for eight-year secondary grammar schools2018-01-18T06:20:03ZThe draft amendment aimed at simplifying red tape in schools and introducing electronisation of the system opened the issue of quotas for secondary grammar schools and alleged discrimination.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740113/i-have-met-dozens-of-people-possessed-by-satan-exorcist-claims.htmlI have met dozens of people possessed by Satan, exorcist claims2018-01-18T05:31:08ZAn exorcist can help a believer to escape their problems but not to solve them, psychiatrist Hunčík says.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740227/end-of-investigative-show-a-cause-for-concern.htmlEnd of investigative show a cause for concern2018-01-17T16:37:12ZMedia freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739958/four-people-end-in-hospital-after-night-fire-in-trnava.htmlFour people end in hospital after night fire in Trnava2018-01-17T14:00:39ZOne room inside a residential building was completely damaged by fire, while almost 50 people were evacuated and four hospitalised.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739044/proxy-for-roma-criticises-minister-kalinak-for-ethnical-and-group-discrimination.htmlProxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination2018-01-16T13:59:38ZThe government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738983/coalition-council-discusses-issue-of-distrainment-amnesty.htmlCoalition Council discusses issue of distrainment amnesty2018-01-16T13:44:51ZThe ruling coalition, which turned down the opposition’s proposal to grant amnesty on distrainment orders where debtors are tax offices, social insurer and health insurers, has now opened this issue based on its own proposal.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738378/slovak-police-recorded-66215-crimes-last-year-they-cleared-almost-59-percent-of-them.htmlSlovak police recorded 66,215 crimes last year; they cleared almost 59 percent of them2018-01-15T20:07:29ZAmong the biggest successes was solving the murder of prominent lawyer Ernest Valko.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738034/the-sme-daily-celebrates-25th-anniversary.htmlThe Sme daily celebrates 25th anniversary2018-01-15T13:18:45ZThe newspaper, which was established as a protest against autocratic power, has been published for 25 years.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20736318/brussels-has-banned-waterproof-jackets-slovakia-stops-gas-supplies-to-ukraine.htmlBrussels has banned waterproof jackets, Slovakia stops gas supplies to Ukraine2018-01-15T09:15:18ZTwo recent examples of hoaxes show how “alternative media” manipulate and chase likes on old and distorted stories.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735840/new-prison-planned-to-help-ease-the-shortfall-of-prison-places-in-slovakia.htmlNew prison planned to help ease the shortfall of prison places in Slovakia2018-01-11T21:13:23ZThe project will be a public-private partnership.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735857/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia2018-01-11T17:48:14ZTension between Kiska and Smer continues.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735838/lexa-directed-the-abduction-a-full-statement-by-lubos-kosik-from-africa.htmlLexa directed the abduction. A full statement by Ľuboš Kosík from Africa2018-01-11T17:35:33ZFormer SIS member Kosík confirmed for the Sme daily in December that he was a member of the commando that kidnapped the president’s son.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735360/the-steps-of-the-education-ministry-spark-controversy.htmlNew Year’s changes at the ministry raise questions2018-01-11T11:04:20ZInstead of adopting “the largest education reform in the past 25 years”, the Education Ministry quickly made several changes to its operation in late 2017.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735079/huba-most-people-in-top-positions-are-environmentally-ignorant-and-illiterate.htmlHuba: Most people in top positions are environmentally ignorant and illiterate2018-01-11T00:53:55ZEnvironmentalist Mikuláš Huba received the Ľudovít Štúr Order 1st class for his work from President Andrej Kiska.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735175/no-more-fees-for-epidurals-or-the-presence-of-the-father-at-birth.htmlNo more fees for epidurals or the presence of the father at birth2018-01-10T23:32:45ZSeveral changes in hospital fees are planned for this year.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735140/police-hunt-for-bratislava-ram-raiders.htmlPolice hunt for Bratislava ram-raiders2018-01-10T23:15:09ZThe robbery in Bratislava of jewellery worth almost €900,000 – not €500,000 as originally calculated – probably involves foreigners.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734887/foreigners-have-to-wait-even-outside-bratislava.htmlForeigners have to wait even outside Bratislava2018-01-10T15:39:56ZThe queue machine stops issuing tickets due to a high number of applicants at the Foreigners’ Police Department in Dunajská Streda.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734610/outbreak-of-measles-has-brought-about-immunology-report-new-vaccination-calendar.htmlOutbreak of measles may bring new vaccination calendar2018-01-10T13:23:25ZSix recent cases of measles reported in Bratislava has made health authorities prepare an immunology report – the first in 15 years.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734685/former-intelligence-employee-claims-ex-sis-head-oversaw-the-abduction-of-the-presidents-son.htmlEx intelligence employee: Lexa oversaw the 1995 abduction2018-01-10T13:16:54ZFormer Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) member, from the task force that abducted the son of then-president, revealed to Sme that the kidnapping was overseen by then-SIS head.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734336/zilina-region-might-have-bought-overpriced-ct-scanners.htmlŽilina Region might have bought overpriced CT scanners2018-01-09T23:26:41ZThe current representatives accuse the former governor of purchasing the devices for too much, but he rejects this.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733845/reporteri-tv-investigative-show-scrapped.htmlReportéri TV investigative show scrapped2018-01-09T17:06:31ZReporters Without Borders (RWB) warn that media independence in Slovakia could be threatened by this step.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733490/jewellers-shop-ram-raided-in-bratislava.htmlRam-raid in Bratislava2018-01-08T22:49:00ZThief takes luxurious watches worth €0.5 million from jeweller's shop.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733158/a-two-month-old-baby-died-of-meningococcus-infection-in-southern-slovakia.htmlA two-month-old baby died of meningococcus infection2018-01-08T14:00:15ZA five-year-old child from Upper Hron (Horehronie) recovered from meningococcus while a small baby from the very south of central Slovakia died.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730896/how-to-get-rid-of-your-christmas-tree-in-bratislava.htmlHow to get rid of your Christmas tree in Bratislava2018-01-04T14:04:01ZThe collection and removal will last three months.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730887/president-interior-minister-has-abused-his-power.htmlPresident: Interior minister has abused his power2018-01-04T13:57:46ZAndrej Kiska criticised Smer in an interview. The prime minister is silent, the interior minister refuting any wrongdoing.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730911/2018-municipal-elections-and-gearing-up-for-the-presidential-vote.html2018: Municipal elections and gearing up for the presidential vote2018-01-04T13:28:35ZPolitical analysts offer their expectations for the starting year and sum up 2017.